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10 October 2020


For Services to Art and Ornithological Conservaton

I am delighted to announce I have been awarded the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for my services to art and ornithological conservation.  An MBE is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community which has had a long-term, significant impact.

I feel extremely honoured to have been awarded this high recognition of my lifetime work achievements and am humbled I was nominated for this high honour.  The process from nomination to approval takes 12-18 months.  A nomination is received.  It goes through several committees and verifications.  The nomination is then put to the Prime Minister for approval; then to Her Majesty The Queen for final approval.  Twice a year, at New Year and in June on the Queen's offical birthday the British honour recipients are announced in 'The Gazette'.  

The British honours system rewards individuals in public recognition of their merit, bravery or service with Honours, Decorations and Medals.  Honours are announced and awarded twice a year by Her Majesty The Queen.  There are different awards received depending on an individual's achievements.  The committee decides which honour is most appropriate for each recipient.  This year the Corvid-19 pandemic was recognised in the June awards postponing the usual date in June to the autumn.   The announcement was made on the 10th October 2020 so many exceptional people dealing with the pandemic could also be included.   Brilliant and so well deserved!

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